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Electrical Engineering
College definitely helped me. I wish I could have gotten a higher degree and in another field.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Very cut-throat.Not so brightChemical Engineering
Very cut-throat. I thought that I'd learn more about my major, but instead I've learned how much knowing the right people can either make or break your gpa. Oh also, you've got to hide your homework from the kid that will take pictures of it when you're not looking. Also, last quarter, someone stole the homework that should've been returned back to us.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1921
Perceived Campus Safety: A-, Education Quality: F
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Outside of my major, I enjoy everything aboutQuite BrightChemical Engineering
Outside of my major, I enjoy everything about UC Davis. I like the surrounding town, the school's enthusiasm for encouraging students to get into clubs or other extracurricular, and the downtown that is situated next to my school.

My chemical engineering professors are overall been great. Most are incredibly sharp and know their field well.

However, when it comes to the student, the chemical engineering department takes the cake in competitiveness. My friend warned me before going here, "Just do what you have to do to succeed." There's backstabbing, students withholding information from each other, homework gets stolen, copied, -- or if you aren't careful too some slackers might take pictures of it to duplicate later, most kids don't know what the chain rule or derivative is, code is shared, and a good number of students are purchasing drugs to do well. Worst of all, most of the teachers are too busy with research to notice the problem and the more you cheat or don't help others, the better you do.

I've spoken to other friends outside my major and this problem is unique to my department. If I had the chance, I would've transferred to UC Davis as another major. (I heard that chemistry isn't like this.)

Just my two cents. Could just be my class... but my friend who graduated two years ahead of me gave me that advice. My other friend who graduated a year above me sent me a Google Drive with all his old exams to "even out the playing field".

Also, if you're a transfer... you'd better make those connections quickly. If you don't have access to old exams or know the right people regardless of how you study, you're going to do below the curve.

Also, if you're worried about doing the right thing... just remember that there's plenty of people who aren't afraid to do questionable things to get ahead.

And you're graded on a curve with them. Overall, great school. The chemical engineering department needs to be revamped.

1st Year Female -- Class 1922
Individual Value: A, Education Quality: F
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